During the warmer spring and summer months, significant road improvement projects begin all across the state of Connecticut. These projects help us with our daily commute and keep the roads in good condition to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, not all drivers exercise adequate caution when driving through work zones, and workers often suffer severe or fatal injuries in entirely avoidable accidents.
Work Zone Fatalities – By the Numbers
In a report released by the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, 799 people died in work-zone crashes in 2017 alone, an increase from the previous three-year average. 216 of those crashes involved trucks, with 265 total fatalities, while pedestrians were involved in 129 fatal accidents, with 126 total deaths. Of those numbers, 132 workers were killed in work zone accidents.
How to Prevent Work Zone Injuries
Work zone accidents can be prevented when everyone exercises additional caution when driving through them. Drivers can protect themselves, their passengers, and the workers who are performing their duties by following these simple steps:
- Watch for work zone signs and expect the unexpected.
- Adjust your speed according to the posted speed limits
- Don’t slow down to look at road work. Instead, maintain the flow of traffic
- Follow the directions on posted signage or signals by roadway flaggers
- Do not tailgate or drive aggressively
- Put down your phone (which you shouldn’t be using anyway) and avoid other in-vehicle distractions
- Know before you go: make sure to check for road work online, or tune in to the TV or radio before leaving to find out the latest traffic information.
- Schedule your commute: give yourself enough time to get to your destination, especially if you are aware of roadwork ahead of time
Work zones present unfamiliar changes to your daily commute, but they can be navigated easily with a bit of pre-planning and caution. Drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians all have a responsibility to keep work zones safe for ourselves and the workers we encounter.
Contact a Connecticut Work Zone Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt in a work zone accident, contact the injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to get the knowledgeable legal help you need and deserve. Whether you were injured as a worker and need assistance with a worker’s comp claim, or if you were hurt as a motorist and need to discuss your eligibility for personal injury compensation, our team is ready to serve you. Contact us at (203) 397-1283 or reach out to us online anytime, day or night, and we’ll sit down with you to advise you of your legal options.